Handle with Care: How Jesus Redeems the Power of Touch in Life and Ministry

Handle with Care: How Jesus Redeems the Power of Touch in Life and Ministry

Our culture is in a time when reports of inappropriate touch are commonplace. In the church, we’re not doing much better. On one hand, we give side hugs or instate six-inch rules. On the other, we find out—almost daily—about sexual misconduct, affairs, and abuse inflicted within our own walls.
 
Singles are staying single longer, dating is wrought with angst over purity, and marriages struggle to not interpret all forms of touch as sexual. We can’t even talk about touching our own bodies without the underlying assumption that it must be sexual. There is simply no place in our culture—and in the church—where touch doesn’t seem threatened or threatening. 
 
In the laws within the Old Testament, there is a form of one statement made 38 times: “Do not touch.” Everything seems off-limits to the people of God. But a curious thing happens in the New Testament when Jesus comes into his ministry: He touches. Jesus touches the sick and the outcasts, the bleeding and the unclean.
 
What could it mean for families, singles, marriages, churches, communities, and the world to have healthy, pure, faithful, ministering touch? Somewhere in the mess of our assumptions and fears about touch, there is something beautiful and good and God-given. As Jesus can show us, there is ministry in touching. 

Title:Handle with Care: How Jesus Redeems the Power of Touch in Life and Ministry
ISBN:9781535962339
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    Handle with Care: How Jesus Redeems the Power of Touch in Life and Ministry Reviews

  • Rachel Welcher

    Lore writes with a full voice of conviction. She is brave like a teacher, and humble like a friend - the kind who will tell you the truth while hugging you tight....

  • Allyson Todd

    Lore's book tackles a subject most Christians don't know what to do about. We're either scared of touch, think its evil, idolize it, or have a myriad of other opinions about touch. Lore Wilbert doesn'...

  • Annie

    ...I was silent, and she said, Remember youre only human and, at the very least, that means youre a body. Dont forget you have a body.The incarnation of Christ and our own embodied-ness has come to th...

  • Ruth

    What a gift of a book. Personally, I love how well Wilbert articulates the oft-times touch-deficient experience of long-term singleness. There's a lot more here than simply that, of course, but given ...

  • Rachel

    Oh, this is such an important book. Touch is such a sticky topic in our culture and many people avoid touch altogether out of fear. Lore writes beautifully about the importance of touch and points us ...

  • Darlene

    I received this book through Instagram and NetGalley. I was accepted as one of the launch team members for this book and asked to give an honest opinion. I was directed to NetGalley for a review copy ...

  • Jeanie

    As it turns out, "the purity movement had a good intention, a good motivation (chastity), but its sales pitch, of using sex as the most important thing to sell abstinence, actually led people to value...

  • Kinsey

    I was so glad to read this book and thought it was very well done. I love the way that Lore uses personal experience and story, robust research and quotations, and many, many Bible passages (in contex...

  • Brianna Smith

    I have followed Lores blog for many years and her words have always struck a chord in my heart that not many others do. In a world of quick fixes, Lore offers gospel truth that seeps in to truly trans...

  • Kristen Neely

    Your story is infinitely complex and different than mine, and this one book cant give answers to the complicated stories, narratives, and journeys were all on with touch... My aim again and again will...